A Bull Called Marius
From the heart of beautiful Provence, this fifty minute documentary provides a vivid glimpse into the wild, black bulls of Carmargue. Raised on local marshes, the bulls are an intergral part of the region’s famous Course Libre, where local men, known as razeteurs, attempt to snatch prizes off their sizeable horns.
Following a particularly respected local bull, Marius, this intriguing piece was written by the hugely popular conservationist Gerald Durrell, based on suggestion by his elder brother, novelist Lawrence Durrell. Working with award-winning wildlife producer Chris Parsons, Durrell weaves Marius’ story in with footage from the huge wetland ranges, detailing the stunning local wildlife, including the renowned white Carmargue horses.
Through the world-famous cinematography of the BBC’s Natural History Unit the spectacular chases, near misses and frenzied atmosphere of the crowded amphitheatres is portrayed in heart-stopping detail.
With the alluring backdrop of historical Provence, A Bull Called Marius brings to life the area’s traditional bull games, highlighting the sheer power and majesty of the main contenders.